Gerunds after Prepositions- Meaning and Use with examples

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Meaning of Gerunds

Interestingly, Gerund is pronounced JEH-ruhnd. It’s like GIF or Giraffe. I know there’s a debate about the pronunciation of GIF, but the creator, Steve Wilhite, says that it’s said with a soft j

Simply, a Gerund is a Noun acting as a Verb. A few examples include “going, hearing,” and “having.” We make a Gerund by adding ing to the end of a Verb. 

Gerunds in Sentences

Gerunds may be alone or with other words to form a Gerund Phrase. Altogether, this phrase behaves like a single Noun.

Example: Mowing the lawn is no fun

Much like Nouns and Noun Phrases, Gerunds and Gerund Phrases can be found in the Object, Subject, or Predicate Nominative portions of a sentence (In regards to SVO). And so, Gerunds can act in any way an ordinary Noun can. 

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How to use of Gerunds in Sentences

Gerunds are words ending in -ing that are used as nouns. It could be used as a Subject or as a direct or an indirect object, too.

For example:

  • Reading is a hobby. (The gerund “reading” is used as a subect in this sentence)
  • She was contemplated quitting ( The gerund “quitting” is used as a direct object in this sentence)
  • The teacher spent his life teaching children. ( The gerund “teaching” is used as an indirect object in this sentence)

Examples of Gerunds

  • Before going home, he went to the supermarket to buy eggs. 
  • Ali started crying after hearing the good news.
  • We will celebrate her birthday by having dinner in a restaurant. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try making your own sentence.

Q2: What activities are you good at? How did you become good at them? 

Q3: Would you ever visit a place without knowing anything about it? Why or why not?

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